Detour Cinema, Via Urbana 107 Rome
Feb 24, Saturday h9.30 pm / Screening in english o.v., Italian subtitles

In collaboration with Wanted Cinema Distribution


By Erik Lieshout, Arno Hagers, Reinier van Brummelen. With Iggy Pop and Michel Houellebecq.

(Belgium 2017, 70′. V.O. English and French, Ita sub)

From his sundrenched garden in Miami, Iggy Pop reads from Michel Houellebecq’s “To Stay Alive.” In 1991, Houellebecq wrote this thought-provoking essay on insanity, survival and art, describing it as “a weak but clear signal to those on the point of giving up.” Houellebecq urges poets who are weary of life to “return to the origin; that is, to suffering.” A poet should put his finger on society’s wounds and press down hard, he says. “Be abject, and you will be true.” Director Erik Lieshout an co-directors Arno Hagers and Reinier van Brummelen film Houellebecq in his grandparents’ kitchen and visit the people with psychiatric disorders whose life stories inspired the essay. Reading the work, Iggy Pop immediately recognized his own struggle as a young artist, when he too was close to insanity. Pop speaks to us directly through Houellebecq’s defiant, impassioned words, which call on us to break our chains and go on the attack, even if solitude is the price we pay for it.

Audience Award Biografilm 2017.